Carlos Chavez

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Birthday
13, 1899
Birthplace
Mexico
Death Date
Aug 2, 1978 (79)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
13, 1899
Birthplace
Mexico
Death Date
Aug 2, 1978 (79)

About

Remembered for establishing and leading the Mexican Symphonic Orchestra, this well-known conductor also had a successful career as a composer, producing a popular, percussion-heavy piece titled Sinfonía India. Also a journalist, he wrote for nearly forty years for Mexico City's El Universal newspaper.

Before Fame

He began his career by composing Romantic piano pieces; later, he wrote ballet works and symphonies.

Trivia

Following the Mexican Revolution, he composed several Aztec and Mexican-nationalist-themed ballet pieces, including El fuego nuevo.

Family Life

He and his six siblings were born into a Mexican family of Creole heritage. His father, Augustín Chávez, was an agricultural inventor of some renown, and his grandfather, José María Chávez Alonso, had governed the Mexican state of Aguascalientes.

Associated With

His successful ballet, H. P. (also titled Caballos de vapor), was influenced by the work of fellow composer Igor Stravinsky.